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Ilya 07-31-2007 10:58 AM

Would it be alright to just use fertalizer?
I was thinking of having grass on the bottom. So would it be alright to just have fertilizer on the bottom? Or do I need some kind of substrate like sand?

jones57742 07-31-2007 11:56 AM


Is this for a tank which you are "setting up" and if so what is the size of the tank (physical dimensions)?


Ilya 07-31-2007 12:10 PM

I'm thinking of taking my tank out of cycling, and putting in fertilizer.

It's a 22 gallon.

leifthebunny 07-31-2007 12:13 PM

You would want some substrate to hold the roots down. As for fertilizer, I just use the liquid fertilizer and don't worry about the fertilizer tabs.

Small river rocks are probably your best choice.

jones57742 07-31-2007 01:45 PM


The following link may be of some help

Also the following is the best treatise which I have found relevant to substrates

If you cannot find an appropriate answer to your question in these pages then please repost


Ilya 07-31-2007 03:06 PM

So, natural rocks, and liquid fertilizer. Okay. How much does the liquid fertilizer cost, and where can I get it?

leifthebunny 07-31-2007 03:33 PM

Your LFS should have the fertilizer. I think I paid $6-8 for a bottle.

Ilya 07-31-2007 03:37 PM

Alright, all I need to do now is:

Replace gravel with smooth substrate (rocks?).
Give my bogwood a good clean. I think it has ammonia still on it.
Give my filter a good clean. To remove the massive amount of ammonia in it.
Replace my water.
Put in new plants.
Began the cycle by adding the appropriate amount of ammonia.

leifthebunny 07-31-2007 06:14 PM

I would recommend boiling the bogwood thoroughly after cleaning just to make sure there's no ammonia left in it. This will also make sure you don't have excess tannins still in the bogwood. Tanins will turn the water brown which isn't harmful to your fish, just people don't like their tank water to be tea colored.

Ilya 07-31-2007 08:53 PM

I don't have a pot big enough!

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